Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent knee surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for seven months, according to numerous media reports.
According to CBS Boston, Pedroia had a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee after weighing his options since the end of the 2017 season.
The recovery timetable would keep the all-star infielder out of the lineup for the first two months of the 2018 season.
The 34-year-old Pedroia also had undergone surgery on the same knee at the end of the 2016 season, but issues lingered into 2017.
He played in only 105 games this year after twice being relegated to the disabled list. Pedroia batted .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs. He is a .300 career hitter in parts of 12 major league seasons.
According to CBS Boston, Pedroia has four years remaining on his contract and is owed $56 million. He is the fourth Red Sox player — joining Hanley Ramirez, Eduardo Rodriguez and Robby Scott — to have knee surgery since the end of the season.